Archive for March, 2012

I’m on a boat

March 25, 2012

I don’t mind working on a sunny Saturday when there’s a boat ride involved. An Eagle Island resident gave me a lift so I could get a waters-eye view of this home for Jacquie Swaisland. Oh yeah, in case you were wondering, the house is going for $11 million.

My ride. Everybody on the island has one of these.

Mackenzie Heights Home

March 22, 2012

Here’s a very nice Mackenzie Heights home i shot recently for Monique Badun and her team. Although only a few years old, it’s classic exterior design fits the neighbourhood nicely. Inside, the main floor consists of huge rooms with lots of light and soaring ceilings. Some nice views of the mountains upstairs too. Here are a few shots:

I just shot this beautiful Yaletown condo for Sheri Stenson the other day. The private rooftop deck offers a view of the neighbourhood and False Creek. Inside you’ll find a gourmet kitchen, huge open plan living area, great views and tons of storage. contact Sheri for more information.

Virtual Staging

March 13, 2012

Hollywood special effects has come to the real estate business. Now you can add virtual furniture to an empty room for a fraction of the cost of real staging. Here are some images I shot of an unfurnished suite for Keith Roy, alongside the same image that has been doctored up by virtuallyhomestaging.com. The technology is pretty impressive: perspective and shading are perfectly executed to fool your eye into thinking they are real three dimensional objects. It’s a great way to bring an empty room to life, and bring more potential buyers to your open house.

Twilight in Edenshaw

March 9, 2012

We had a few sunny days recently and my client, Eric Christiansen, took advantage of the nice weather to book some twilight shoots with me. I got to this West Vancouver townhome a little before sunset and started shooting interiors until the sky offered up that nice cobalt blue tone that I always wait for. It’s only visible for about 15 minutes just after the sun goes down, so it’s important to scout out the locations for those special shots ahead of time. For this layout, we had two balconies and the main room to cover, so I just ran from one spot to the other, taking shots every minute or so. You can see all the images, plus the listing information here.

Real estate video

March 3, 2012

As more and more buyers turn to the Internet to do their home shopping, videos have become an increasingly popular form of marketing. So even though I have my hands full keeping up with the latest technology for still photography, I can’t keep turning down my clients who are clamouring for videos to showcase their properties.

I finally broke down and got the tools together to create a video for Clive Benjafield and Steve Mitchell of Sotheby’s Realty. This listing was the perfect choice: lots of natural light, nobody home so I could spend as long as I wanted there, and pretty close to my house in case I forgot to bring something. This last point proved advantageous, as half way through the shoot my battery died, and I had to hightail it home to get a fresh one (note to self…)

Shooting the video wasn’t as difficult as I thought. Although far from perfect, the use of a slider on a tripod gives it a lot of polish. I can see lots of glitches in the finished product, but I’ll get better over time. You can check it out here.

If you are interested in video tours for your real estate listing, give me a shout!